(15 Sep 2016) The Curtis Falls are the main water feature of Tamborine Mountain, to be reached by following an 800 meter track. At night it is spectacular because of the glow worms, during the day the water falls themselves are a jewel in the forest.
The Curtis Falls are named after the ‘oldest’ family of the mountain. Edmund and Mary Curtis were the first settlers to take up a selection in their own name and live permanently on the Mountain. The family lived in a small home on Curtis Creek, where in 1886 their daughter Emily Jane was born. Raymond Curtis kindly accepted the first copy of ‘Green Island in the Sky’ at the launch on 9 October 2016. He can be seen at the black and white photo in 1938 at the Curtis Falls.
This composition shows not only the entire main object, but also follows the water, streaming to the right: the waterfall is more to the left than to the right. This picture was taken in daylight. To get the ‘flow’ visible I needed a long exposure time of 1 second, which can be hard at daytime. To achieve that the shutter was closed to f/22 and the ISO minimized to 100. Focal length 18 mm. A tripod and remote control of the camera are necessities… always, actually.